is there a way to re-rip CDs and keep all of the data on the new one?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by echosmyron, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. echosmyron macrumors member

    May 14, 2006
    for example, if i ripped a CD a long time ago at 128kbps and i'm not happy with the quality, can i rip the CD again at 192 or higher and keep the play count, last played, date added, etc. that was on the 128?
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    You're not going to get 192 from 128 kbs. It isn't MP3 alchemy. :rolleyes:

    You're going to need to rip from the original source again.
  3. echosmyron thread starter macrumors member

    May 14, 2006
    are you saying there isn't really a difference between 128 and 192? because i can hear a huge difference.

    edit: i meant 128 mp3 to 192 AAC. sorry if you misunderstood.
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I misunderstood your question as well.

    If you re-rip a song in iTunes for most cases it'll inherit and replace its predecessor. I don't know if this applies when the replacement is of a different format.
  5. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662

    if you delete the 128 kbps mp3 tracks then re rip the CD at 192 kbps AAC youre going to get completely new tracks with new play counts and new dates for last played, date added etc.

    you can however edit the iTunes Music Library.xml file found in ~/Music/iTunes with a simple text editor like nano in Terminal or just use Text Edit.

    just search for the title of the track, edit the details in the string, then save it and reopen iTunes. heres an example and ive bolded the parts you would edit. make sure you save a backup of the xml the file first as if you screw it up youll probably mess up your iTunes library.

    			<key>Track ID</key><integer>4418</integer>
    			<key>Album</key><string>How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb</string>
    			<key>Kind</key><string>MPEG audio file</string>
    			<key>Total Time</key><integer>191268</integer>
    			<key>Track Number</key><integer>1</integer>
    			<key>Date Modified</key><date>[B]2008-06-25T14:13:38Z[/B]</date>
    			<key>Date Added</key><date>[B]2008-06-25T14:12:45Z[/B]</date>
    			<key>Bit Rate</key><integer>253</integer>
    			<key>Sample Rate</key><integer>44100</integer>
    			<key>Play Count</key><integer>[B]1[/B]</integer>
    			<key>Play Date</key><integer>[B]3297282497[/B]</integer>
    			<key>Play Date UTC</key><date>[B]2008-06-25T14:18:17Z[/B]</date>
    			<key>Persistent ID</key><string>7E08606605376D71</string>
    			<key>Track Type</key><string>File</string>
    			<key>File Folder Count</key><integer>4</integer>
    			<key>Library Folder Count</key><integer>1</integer>
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I tried editing my Play Count on some of my replacement songs with no luck.

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